Subject:  Mary Jane Veloso Ph cases update

Date:  Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:44:56 +0800

From:  National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers <nupl2007@gmail.com>

To:  nuplncr_2007@yahoo.com <nuplncr_2007@yahoo.com>

Mary Jane Veloso Ph cases update

9 Mar 2016

RTC Br. 37, Baloc, Nueva Ecija

In the case of large scale illegal recruitment against accused Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacalinao, the examination of first prosecution witness 21 year old Lorna Valino was concluded. She confirmed that she filed the complaint because she was victimized by the illegal recruiters and that additionally, she wanted to save victim Mary Jane Veloso from death row.

A second prosecution witness, Anna Marie Gonzales, who has reportedly desisted from pursuing the case based on a misappreciation of her role in the case, decided to pursue her complaint against the accused and will testify on April 28.

In the cases of qualified human trafficking, simple illegal recruitment and estafa cases filed by Mary Jane and her family, the pre-trial commenced and certain stipulations and admissions were made, issues identified, witnesses lined up and documents partially marked. The prosecution will present at most 12 witnesses and the accused at most 17 witnesses, subject to dispensing some of them upon agreement of the parties. The termination of the pre-trial is set on Mar 18.

The accused refused to admit as to the fact that Mary Jane was arrested, detained, convicted, sentenced to die by firing squad and is still now on death row after she was given a reprieve on Apr 29, 2015. Counsels for the accused claim that without presenting official documents to support these facts, they cannot admit the same based merely on media accounts or reports.

The prosecution countered that these facts, and the documents on these facts are two separate things. It asserted Mary Jane ‘s plight and circumstances are not only matters of judicial notice that need no further proof but are also of wide public knowledge in the Philippines and around the globe. It lamented that to deny these evident facts is to miss the elephant in the room, so to speak, is outrageously ridiculous, and would make us the laughing stock of the world.

Mary Jane’s elder sister Maritess will be presented as the first prosecution witness in these cases on March 29, a month short of one year after the reprieve, so that she can testify before she leaves for abroad as an OFW herself. #

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